This Week’s Cartoon: “Why We Still Need the Bush Tax Cuts”


If there was ever any indication that the Republican party does not represent a  political philosophy, but sheer self-interest of the moneyed class, it is their insistence on keeping the Bush tax cuts at the same time that they howl about deficits. They tried to shut down unemployment benefits for desperate workers, and filibustered a bill to help small businesses. They speak plaintively about “burdening our children.” But hey, if you’re still makin’ mad Benjamins, nothing compares 2 U. Have some more!

The art in the second panel was inspired by an illustration I did many years ago. You can see the original here.



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  • ritterrific

    We have to keep hammering away at this concept. I’m not a huge fan of Democrats either but have to side with their economics over the Republicans. In New York State we have an alternative in the gubernatorial race this year in Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate. He has some excellent ideas for getting this state back on track.
    I’m also watching a fellow named Virg Bernano who is running in the Michigan Democratic gubernatorial primary today with the backing of many trade unions. His opponent has lots of moneyed folks backing him up but I’m hoping the populist movement, fueled by excellent cartoons like yours, will put several more progressive, middle class advocates in office this year.
    The Republicans had control and messed up big time. Democrats are engaged in damage control. I say give them at least another two years to try to plug up the dam.
    BTW, I still think you are the woman in the second panel. ;>)

  • Tom

    The idea that rich people won’t run out and spend their money unless they can first get a tax cut is so illogical on its face that it stands in the category of “The Big Lie” — a falsehood that takes your breath away with its scope and grandeur.
    Back in the 1950s, when tax rates were high, rich folks could slide around them by investing their money back into their businesses. It worked pretty well. Then Ronald Reagan came along with his goofy belief that “Well, if we just cut the taxes for the rich, the rich folks will put even more money into their businesses, as well as buying more yachts and mansions!” Of course, it was a complete flop. One rich guy building a $20 million pleasure palace in the Hamptons does not equal the economic impact of 300 people building $70,000 bungalows.

  • Tom Schmidt

    The hook through the buttock is disturbing. Reminds me of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The only reason I can stand it is because it’s a Goldman Sachs Trader.

  • Paul Healey

    The original version shows some MAD (humor in a jugular vein) influences. Very good! I knew you had hidden depths. (Also, I agree completely about the tax cuts, I’m just so exhausted by even thinking about it!)

  • Bill Freese

    You have indicated that the original is a “promotional drawing”. One can’t help wondering what it promoted.

  • Michael Welle

    Having been a child of the 80s, I have always had somewhat of a soft spot in my heart for Ronald Reagan (images of him lighting the national Christmas tree, plus all of the pop culture MTV, Miami Vice etc.). At the same time, I realized what he was doing with the economy was completely irresponsible (cutting taxes on the rich, trickle down economics). I think this article puts those ideas in perspective: http://www.consortiumnews.com/2009/060309.html What your cartoon shows is that Republicans really have no heart–which is also true. The guy in the last panel looks like a fat version of JR in Dallas.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-syndicated political cartoonist whose work has appeared in The Progressive, The Nation, Daily Kos, Austin Chronicle, NPR, Ms., Politico, and many other publications. The recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, she tweets at @JenSorensen.

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